Evolution and Structure of the Internet: A Statistical Physics Approach

Evolution and Structure of the Internet: A Statistical Physics Approach

by Romualdo Pastor-Satorras, Alessandro Vespignani
     
 

ISBN-10: 052171477X

ISBN-13: 9780521714778

Pub. Date: 09/20/2007

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

"This book describes the application of statistical physics and complex systems theory to the study of the evolution and structure of the Internet." "The presentation focuses on statistical regularities observed in the large-scale structure of the network, the so-called "global Internet" as well as on the importance of dynamics in the formulation of adequate models.…  See more details below

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"This book describes the application of statistical physics and complex systems theory to the study of the evolution and structure of the Internet." "The presentation focuses on statistical regularities observed in the large-scale structure of the network, the so-called "global Internet" as well as on the importance of dynamics in the formulation of adequate models. Using this approach it is possible to provide a unified picture of results obtained on the Internet in the context of different scientific communities. This makes use of methods and concepts that have proven to be extremely useful in the analysis of more classical statistical physics systems, such as percolation theory, mean-field methods, and cellular automata simulations." This book will be of interest to graduate students and researchers in statistical physics, computer science, and mathematics studying the structure and evolution of the internet.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521714778
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/20/2007
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
284
Product dimensions:
6.85(w) x 9.72(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
List of abbreviations
1A brief history of the Internet1
2How the Internet works10
3Measuring the global Internet19
4The Internet's large-scale topology36
5Modeling the Internet69
6Internet robustness112
7Virtual and social networks in the Internet140
8Searching and walking on the Internet166
9Epidemics in the Internet180
10Beyond the Internet's skeleton: traffic and global performance211
11Outlook226
App. 1Graph theory applied to topology analysis229
App. 2Interface resolution and router topology238
App. 3Numerical analysis of heavy tailed distributions240
App. 4Degree correlations243
App. 5Scale-free networks: scaling relations246
App. 6The SIR model of virus propagation249
References253
Index265

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